Byron Health Center, a provider of physical, mental, emotional and neurological services for adults, is expanding its search for a new location. The decision is the result of Byron’s due diligence process regarding the feasibility of the purchase of the former YWCA location on Wells Street. As a result of that process, Byron Health Center is ending talks with the Wells Street property’s owner, Schoolhouse Finance, LLC.
“The Wells Street property is a unique, tremendous asset near the heart of downtown Fort Wayne,” Deb Lambert, CEO of Byron Health Center, stated. “We had high hopes for being able to make it work, but as a nonprofit with limited resources, it became impractical for us. While I’d love for Byron Health Center to be the organization that puts it to good use, I’m confident someone else will be able to call the unused portions home.”
Horizon Christian Academy is currently located on the Wells Street property. Byron Health Center had been working in collaboration with Horizon and other Wells Street area property owners in the event that the sale would move forward. Lambert praised those neighbors for their willingness to communicate during the due diligence phase.
“We would have had great neighbors on Wells Street, and I hope we can continue some of the relationships we started during this process,” Lambert stated. “Byron Health Center is always eager to tell its story, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to share our mission with the community.”
Lambert added that the search will go on, consistent with the original impetus for the prospective move: allowing Byron Health Center to better serve its residents so they can lead richer, more fulfilling lives.
“Our residents deserve the best,” Lambert says. “Our staff, volunteers and board members are committed to bringing our mission to life every day, and I’m inspired by their example. I look forward to continuing the search for a location that’s optimal to meeting the needs of our residents and their families.”
Byron Health Center provides compassionate long-term care for adults with complex needs including physical, mental, emotional and neurological services. Each resident is recognized as an individual who seeks and deserves to reach his or her optimal potential. Byron Health Center and Miller’s Place continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents. Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Miller’s Place provides assisted living services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.